Guest blog: John Grisham tackles children's books(Read article summary)
With John Grisham taking aim at kids, will other big names follow suit?
I remember devouring Agatha Christie books as a kid, but no one ever suggested that murder mysteries were meant for my age group. Todayâ€™s kids, though, are about to get a new series by bestselling thriller author John Grisham, aimed at 8- to 12-year-old â€śtweens.â€ť Publishers Weekly reported that the series â€świll focus on 13-year-old Theodore Boone, a legal whiz kid. In the first book, 'Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer,' Theo gets caught up in a high-profile murder trial in his town.â€ť
Whew. Thatâ€™s a long way from Encyclopedia Brown.
The Guardian noted that â€śMany a literary name â€“ from Ted Hughes and T.S. Eliot to Booker winners Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Ian McEwan and Peter Carey â€“ has written for children in the past. Big-name commercial novelists going after the youth market are rather rarer,â€ť although James Patterson, among others, have done so.
New York Magazine responded to the news by suggesting, â€śSomewhere, a writer for The Onion is balling up a piece of paper and angrily tossing it into the trash, right?â€ť However, the article went on, perhaps Grisham is on to something. Here are a few lines from their suggestions for other bestselling authors looking to capture the kid market:
Danielle Steel's â€śSeraphina Skye: Kid Gold Diggerâ€ťâ€¨
Patricia Cornwell's â€śKatie-Sue Scarpetta: Kid Coronerâ€ťâ€¨
Sarah Palin's â€śBricklyn Pale: Kid Who Goes Rogueâ€ťâ€¨
Jon Krakauer's â€śKid With a Serious Death Wishâ€ťâ€¨
Any others to add to the list?
Rebekah Denn blogs at eatallaboutit.com.